20 tips for visiting Europa-Park theme park in Germany

Hidden away in the Black Forest in Germany is a theme park like no other. Europa-Park is a family-run park and yet it is enormous – one of the biggest in Europe. Each area of the park is based on a different European country. Beside the main theme park lie a selection of upmarket hotels, a camp resort with wagons, log cabins and teepees and a campsite. There’s even an open water swimming lake and a nature reserve. Here are my top 20 tips for making the most of your visit. 1. Check what’s on before you go Europa-Park host a…

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2016 in pictures

Over the past 12 months, I’ve developed a real love affair with Instagram. The thing I love most about it is the fact that it’s so wonderful to look back on. One of my favourite Christmas presents this year was a gorgeous photo album. It will make me get around to printing some photos, so I’ve used the opportunity to reflect on our year. January In January, I decided we needed to make the most of the time with Libby before she went back to school. So on a random weekday, we all headed to the beach. There are no…

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5 Family Friendly Winter Holidays

I was chatting to a friend recently who told me that their winter holidays had gone on hold since having children. This struck me as a crying shame because so many companies do cater for children. So I’ve done a bit of research and here are my top five family friendly winter holidays. With everything from skiing, to visiting Santa in Lapland, to UK short breaks there’s something for everyone. 1. Mark Warner Ski Holidays Mark Warner are well known for their first-class provisions for children, and their family friendly winter holidays are no exception. Mark Warner provide childcare for children aged…

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Travel Zen Yoga at Airparks Birmingham

Last week, I was asked to take part in a really fun campaign for Holiday Extras, which involved Lia and I heading to Airparks Birmingham for a spot of yoga. The campaign was based on the fact that opinions are so divided in Birmingham over whether holiday travel is the start of the holiday, or a stressful nightmare. In a survey conducted by Holiday Extras, 35% of people felt that the journey to the airport marked the start of the holiday, whilst 39% felt that it was the most stressful part of their holiday preparation. So, travellers were invited to find…

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Travelling through fear

There is an ingrained societal belief that travelling alone is dangerous. A lone traveller is vulnerable, especially a female. We could get lost, kidnapped, coerced, raped, murdered. The prognosis is grim. So, we don’t travel. We stay at home and follow the expected path. Or we travel with friends, family, boyfriends, husbands or on arranged tours and with groups. As the years pass, the yearning to travel grows. But so does the fear. Fear is a learned response, children are not born fearful of travel, freedom or being alone. Fear breeds in adults. We believe it is common sense to…

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